Security service blocks activity of B2B Jewelry pyramid scheme in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The organizers of the pyramid are suspected in the misappropriation of over $250 million
19:52, 27 August 2020

Ukraine's Security Service

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) blocked the illegal activity of the organized criminal group, which partakers created a pyramid scheme for misappropriation of the funds of the Ukrainians as the SBU reported.

The SBU employees established that over 600,000 citizens became the investors of the so-called pyramid. The approximate amount of funds misappropriated and legalized by the perpetrators through the purchase of luxury personal and real property makes over $250 million. The SBU workers documented that over 20 persons are involved in the organization of the financial deal; over 100 controlled legal persons were also involved.

“During the functioning of the pyramid since the beginning of 2019, the organizers purchased one of the islands of Dnipro River system of dams with real estate objects, 18 luxury SUVs each of them costs over $100,000 and jewelry and other real estate objects,” the message said.

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Besides, on August 27, within the criminal proceeding, the law enforcers held 48 searches in Kyiv and Vinnytsia regions and in Odesa. The court arrested property assets of the perpetrators: bank accounts, personal and real property, including property issued for legal persons.

According to photos published by the SBU, this pyramid is the network of jewelry stores B2B Jewelry; Mykola Honta and his wife Olena considered to be its organizers.

People started to complain about the official page of the network on Facebook after information about the arrest that their comments are deleted. The users also write that they trusted them.

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The decision about the serving of suspicion to the persons of interests will be made according to the results of the investigative actions.

The persons of interest face up to 15 years in prison with confiscation of property.

Earlier, the SBU recorded a multimillion corruption scheme, used during the procurement of inventory items for repair of passenger rolling stock of Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian railways).

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